Stranger In A Strange Land: The Folio Society Special Edition

Telling the tale of a man understanding human culture after being raised on Mars, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger In A Strange Land has its very first illustrated edition with The Folio Society.

Stranger In A Strange Land

Telling the rather… strange… tale of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who comes to Earth in early adulthood after being born on the planet Mars, Stranger In A Strange Land is widely considered Robert A. Heinlein’s masterpiece.

Now, the novel has its very first illustrated edition with this new release from The Folio Society, which is a great accompaniment for the wondrous story about a human raised on Mars and his subsequent adaptation to, and understanding, humans when he comes to Earth. Check out some of the dreamy images from the edition right here…

With nine brand new illustrations from Hugo Award-winning artist Donato Giancola, this new edition immediately flares the imagination with its slipcase design, which depicts Mike Smith and his followers floating together in a watery landscape.

Inside, the textured cover transports you straight into space, leaving you in no doubt this is a sci-fi novel that will whisk you away, making you question your very existence and more. Written in 1961, Stranger In A Strange Land tackled radical ideas about sexual liberation, free love and religion that were very controversial at the time, and this edition features the full, uncut version of Heinlein’s text – which is reportedly the version that the author preferred.

This edition also includes an introduction from book critic Michael Dirda who questions why this novel is considered Heinlein’s masterwork, and concludes it is because the questions it asks ‘about sex, religion, and death are ones we are still trying to answer’.

A forward-thinking novel full of bold ideas and even bolder questions, Stranger In A Strange Land is the perfect addition to your science fiction library and there’s no better way to experience Heinlein’s tale for the first time, or for the hundredth time, than with The Folio Society’s new release.

The Folio Society edition of Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, introduced by Michael Dirda and illustrated by Donato Giancola, is available exclusively from